It was a good fitness week. I had a good variety in my workouts; my runs all felt really good; I fit in most everything I wanted to. It was a good balance. I felt strong. I wish I could bottle that feeling up and use it on days when I don’t want to run 8 miles, don’t want to go to the gym, don’t want to make dinner or clean the house, don’t want to deal with difficult people. I want to remember that feeling of being strong. Able. Capable.
Monday- There was no working out on this day. However it was a fabulous day at work!
Tuesday- 4 miles at 29:31 (7:22 pace). I ran with Stella Mozzarella (Thanks Dominick for Stella’s new nickname!!) and it felt really good to push my pace a little out of my comfort zone for just a simple run. It made me feel strong. I liked it! That evening I showed up to attend my favorite Yoga Sculpt class taught by my favorite teacher only to discover that we had a sub. No biggie, except that this sub was awful! I used to be a fitness instructor (back in the day) and I had to cover for other’s classes. Classes I wasn’t terribly familiar with, but I at least gave them a good workout. This one just wasn’t good. I even questioned if she was even a Yoga teacher. – When did I become such a Yoga snob???
Wednesday- 6.08 miles in 48:32 minutes (7:58 pace). I started off with an easy pace and finished super strong. It was one of those no pressure runs. I love that! I was all set to go to Yoga that evening, but that Tuesday evening instructor still had me mentally dreading doing any sort of Vinyasa flow (we did the exact same flow for 45 minutes, people – just with weights – ugh) so I decided not to do Yoga this evening.
Thursday- Our spin-a-thon at Kathy’s needed to have a rain check so I opted for a scenic 5.03 miles in 42:32 (8:15 pace). Throughout this run I kept thinking ‘man, my legs are tired’ and ‘why do I feel so crappy on this run?’ and then I realized that I was running an 8:15 minute mile average on The Bluffs (not an easy run) and then I felt pretty pleased with myself.
Friday- I was a carb craving feen!!! I haven’t had a lot of wheat or carbs of any sort in a month (other than wine, I mean come on, this is ME we are talking about) so my body was obviously craving them so I caved. Workout wise, Noah and I headed to the gym so “Mommy can exercise” – can I tell you how awesome I think it is that he can say exercise and know what it means!!! I had a decent strength session.
- 10 minute hill climb. 15.0 on the incline walking at 3.5 speed.
- 10 Lunges (forward, backward, side)
- Circuit One: 3 x (15 Ball Ham Curls, 15 Overhead Press w/ 7.5lb db, 15 Bicep Curls w/ 7.5lb, 15 Pushups) No rest. One exercise to the next.
- Circuit Two: 3 x (15 Cable Rows, 15 Tricep Press)
- 20 minutes of Yoga
Saturday- I got a babysitter so Nina and I headed out for a 12 miler. We both wanted something flat so we headed south on the Highline Canal until it brought us to Chatfield State Park. The last time Nina and I headed in this direction, it turned into an adventure (lost trail, creek crossings, wildlife sightings – all because we missed the “trail”, so we had to make our own way for a bit). Nothing nearly as dramatic this time around but I did make a mistake of not bringing enough fuel. Luckily Nina didn’t want her granola bar so I chowed on that and managed okay but my legs were pretty dead. I ended the run feeling strong so that’s good. Here are some fun pictures from that run.
That evening Noah and I hit the gym for another strength session.
- Circuit One on upside down Bosu Ball: 3 x (15 Squats w/ 5lb, 15 Lateral Arm Raise w/ 5lb, 15 Hammer Curls w/ 5lb) – not enough weight I needed more
- Circuit Two on mat: 3 x (15 One Leg Bridges, 15 Side Plank w/ Twist)
- 3 x 15 Cable Row
- 3 x 10 Side Step Ups w/ 10lb
- 10 minutes on the row machine
- 15 minutes Yoga (I’m working on forearm balance) HERE is a great video on You Tube if you’re interested. She makes it look so easy. It’s a great workout just trying to get into the pose. I really try to focus on using my core to get me into the pose and not kicking up or using momentum. It’s tough.
Sunday- I took the little man for a little hike in the morning, but other than that it was a rest day. Fighting a cold. It’s winning.
Goals for this upcoming week. I want to keep on keeping on. I felt strong this week and I want to use that momentum into this week, mentally and physically.
- Get in 30 miles for the week
- Attend 1 spin class
- Practice Yoga daily at home in addition to attending 2-3 classes
- Strength training 2-3 times this week.
What do you do that makes you feel strong?